Preview: "The Velvet Trail" - Marc Almond

Artist: Marc Almond
Title: The Velvet Trail
Release Date: March 9, 2015
Label: Cherry Red Records
Format(s): CD, DD

by Newsdesk

Celebrated vocalist and performer Marc Almond announces the release of a new studio album The Velvet Trail for March 9, 2015 through Cherry Red Records.

Marc had previously hinted that his 2010 album Variete would be his last recording to feature his own original material. Famed English producer and songwriter Chris Braide, a huge fan of Marc's work, set to change his mind and succeeded after sending him a trio of tracks written especially for Marc.

Los Angeles based Braide - who has also worked alongside Lana Del Ray, Beyonce, Britney, and David Guetta, was determined: "I simply had to get in touch to try and tempt him to do the exact opposite. It was such an absurd idea to think there would be no more new Marc Almond original songs. This is the man who wrote Say Hello Wave Goodbye and we need more of those passionate, unique and original songs. Just like Bowie and Bolan before him, he's a true original" says Braide.

Marc explains "I felt the songwriting muse had left me, possibly forever. Then an email arrived with three instrumental tracks. I got goose bumps. I was blown away. Chris had an understanding of the chord changes I adored, of the sounds I loved; songs in minor keys with big dark dramatic pianos and strings. I sat down to write, both excited and inspired. Three songs were written in a matter of days: Minotaur, a dramatic song about rage and animal passions, Scar, a torch song about deception and Winter Sun, a melancholic reflective song about fading love".

The Velvet Trail is an album that wasn't supposed to exist - born from a spontaneous, organic inspirational process. It wasn't just written and recorded, but felt and created. For all those who love Marc Almond's work and those who just love true music and the emotions it generates, this is one not to be missed.

The March 9th release will be followed by a UK tour. "I'm really excited about the tour and the new album The Velvet Trail. I can't wait to perform some of the songs live," says Marc passionately "This will be one of the most exciting shows I've ever staged."

Track List:
  • Act One
    • Bad to Me
    • Zipped Black Leather Jacket
    • Scar
    • Pleasure's Wherever You Are
  • Act Two
    • Minotaur
    • Earthly
    • The Pain of Never
    • Demon Lover
  • Act Three
    • When The Comet Comes
    • Life in My Own Way
    • Winter Sun
    • The Velvet Trail
    • Finale

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